Family Fun at House of Illustration this Spring

Workshops, activity trails and more for kids aged 2-12.


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Got the little ones with you this spring? There's lots to do and see at the gallery - plus we're ideally situated by the fountains of Granary Square, the cafes of Kings Cross and Coal Drops Yard and the green spaces along the canal.

Get stuck in to an activity trail

We're now offering beautiful activity trails designed by professional illustrators and made especially for kids. They're made to accompany our changing exhibitions throughout the year so keep coming back for new ones (we know that design fans of all ages will want to collect them all). They're a great way to open up the 'grown-up' world of art exhibitions to those still growing up! Pick up your free copy from the activity table in the South Gallery or at reception.

Corita Kent: Power Up activity trails available until 12 May; more to follow.

Introduce your kids to the charming Madeline books

If you grew up with the Madeline picture books - and it's quite likely, given how many millions have been sold since they debuted in the 1930s! - then introduce your own kids to a childhood favourite. Ludwig Bemelmans: Sketches for Madeline is a gem of an exhibition: a manageably bitesize room of charming sketches of Madeline and pals, including Genevieve, their canine companion.

Ludwig Bemelmans: Sketches for Madeline is on until Sunday 28 April.

Bounce in to bunnyland

While a Brexit satire might not scream 'family friendly', YiMiao Shih: Rabbrexit Means Rabbrexit is chock-full of intricate embroideries, magical potion bottles... and rabbits! Curious kids can get lost in her brightly coloured artworks, looking for all the clever details hidden within - an artsy version of Where's Wally?

YiMiao Shih: Rabbrexit Means Rabbrexit is on until 14 July.

Learn to be illustrators

If your young'uns are inspired by the range of illustration on show in our changing exhibitions, they'll love getting hands-on at one of our range of monthly family workshops.

For the littlest of little ones, we've got Creative Fun for 2-5s: a gallery visit, story time and making session tailored for tots with specialist gallery educator Neysela da Silva-Reed.

For slightly older kids, we run a changing programme of workshops for 5-12 year olds on everything from making comics to drawing animals.

We're also thrilled to have illustrator and Deaf education specialist Christopher Sacre joining us for sessions delivered in both British Sign Language and spoken English, to which both hearing and Deaf families are warmly welcome. Each one is designed to accompany our changing exhibitions so whether you want to create Quentin Blake-inspired inky characters, design Corita Kent-inspired posters or create Posy Simmonds-inspired cartoons, you're bound to find something new each month.

Check our What's on page for details of all our currently programmed family workshops and subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know when new ones are announced. Please note that our family workshops almost always sell out so booking ahead is essential - you are unlikely to be admitted if you turn up on the day without prebooking.

Make a day of it

Whether you want to frolic in the fountains on Granary Square, stroll along the towpath to admire the narrowboats and spot the ducks, sit in the brand-new gasholder parks with an ice cream or a picnic or settle down at one of the area's many cafes, restaurants and pubs, King's Cross is full of wonderful things to see, do, eat and drink after you've been to House of Illustration. We're handily located just a short walk from the stations at King's Cross and St Pancras and right in the heart of the Granary Square action.

House of Illustration's building, galleries and workshop space are all fully wheelchair-accessible and nearby King's Cross St Pancras tube station has step-free access.

Check our Visit us page to find out how to get here, opening times and ticket prices.